California Proposition 64, also known as The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, was passed by California voters on November 8, 2016. Proposition 64 reduces criminal penalties for specified marijuana-related offenses for adults and juveniles. The measure makes any felony conviction that is recalled and resentenced, or designated as a misdemeanor or infraction, a misdemeanor or infraction “for all purposes”. It now makes Health and Safety Code Section 11359 a misdemeanor crime for most adult defendants, carrying a maximum penalty of six (6) months in jail. However, Proposition 64 did not legalize every cannabis crime. In particular, it remains unlawful to possess (without a permit) over an ounce of cannabis or more than six plants and any possession of cannabis in jail or prison remains unlawful.
What does the measure do?
Overall, Proposition 64 legalizes specified personal use and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older, reduces criminal penalties for specified marijuana-related offenses, and includes provisions on regulation, licensing, and taxation of legalized use.
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